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Measuring organizational readiness for implementing change (ORIC) in a new midwifery model of care in rural South Australia

Adelson, Pamela; Yates, Rachael; Fleet, Julie-Anne; McKellar, Lois

Authors

Pamela Adelson

Rachael Yates

Julie-Anne Fleet



Abstract

Background
The sustainability of Australian rural maternity services is under threat due to current workforce shortages. In July 2019, a new midwifery caseload model of care was implemented in rural South Australia to provide midwifery continuity of care and promote a sustainable workforce in the area. The model is unique as it brings together five birthing sites connecting midwives, doctors, nurses and community teams. A critical precursor to successful implementation requires those working in the model be ready to adopt to the change. We surveyed clinicians at the five sites transitioning to the new model of care in order to assess their organizational readiness to implement change.

Methods
A descriptive study assessing readiness for change was measured using the Organizational Readiness for Implementing Change scale (ORIC). The 12 item Likert scale measures a participant’s commitment to change and change efficacy. All clinicians working within the model of care (midwives, nurses and doctors) were invited to complete an e-survey.

Results
Overall, 55% (56/102) of clinicians participating in the model responded. The mean ORIC score was 41.5 (range 12–60) suggesting collectively, midwives, nurses and doctors began the new model of care with a sense of readiness for change. Participants were most likely to agree on the change efficacy statements, “People who work here feel confident that the organization can get people invested in implementing this change and the change commitment statements “People who work here are determined to implement this change”, “People who work here want to implement this change”, and “People who work here are committed to implementing this change.

Conclusion
Results of the ORIC survey indicate that clinicians transitioning to the new model of care were willing to embrace change and commit to the new model. The process of organizational change in health care settings is challenging and a continuous process. If readiness for change is high, organizational members invest more in the change effort and exhibit greater persistence to overcome barriers and setbacks. This is the first reported use of the instrument amongst midwives and nurses in Australia and should be considered for use in other national and international clinical implementation studies.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 9, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 20, 2021
Publication Date Apr 20, 2021
Deposit Date Jun 6, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2022
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Article Number 368
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06373-9
Keywords Organizational readiness, ORIC, Continuity of care, Midwifery, Workforce, Rural and remote, Australia
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2871894

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